A Peer is a Member of the House of Lords. Some titles are hereditary but most Members are Life Peers. There are approximately 750 hereditary Peers, life Peers and Bishops in the House of Lords. The public does not elect Members of the Lords. Hereditary Peers inherit their titles and Life Peers are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister to serve for their life; the title is not transferable. Since 2000 most hereditary peers have lost the right to sit in the House of Lords.

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Alphabetical list of Members of the House of Lords

Lords by party and type of peerage 

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